CFP: Commies and Indians: The Political Western Beyond Cold War Frontiers

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Commies and Indians: The Political Western Beyond Cold War Frontiers

Frames Cinema Journal, a peer-reviewed publication of the Centre for Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, invites contributions to its forthcoming issue Commies and Indians: The Western Beyond Cold War Frontiers.

A staple genre of classical Hollywood, the Western has offered powerful and enduring popular understandings of American national identity and the United States' geo-political projects. Despite its American origins, the Western spread to other national cinemas where it served new aesthetic and ideological agendas. Though Italy's Spaghetti Westerns remain the most familiar result of this transposition, the genre also crossed political lines into Communist Eastern Europe and beyond. State-socialist Westerns emerged that twist the genre's familiar tropes in accord with local culture and history, not to mention the ideological demands of the Cold War. These 'Red Westerns' are sometimes uproarious parodies of the genre and sometimes sincere examples of it; they sometimes adapt Western narratives to local histories and settings, and sometimes fabricate an American West with the help of lookalike European locations. Frames Cinema Journal invites contributions on 'non-Western Westerns' from the Eastern Bloc and other ideologically diverse contexts, exploring comparative approaches to the politics and iconography of this distinctly American genre and its international iterations.

The editors seek contributions in two forms:

Shorter pieces including DVD and book reviews, reports on recent retrospectives such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam's recent "Red Westerns" programme, and interviews or reminiscences relating to the Western genre outside Hollywood.

Feature scholarly articles between 3500-5000 words.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

comparative readings of American political Westerns (the anti-, revisionist, or Vietnam Western) and their contemporary international counterparts;

transnational accounts of the production, distribution and reception of the Western in Eastern-Bloc states;

considerations of specific national appropriations of Western forms—for instance, East Germany's Indianerfilme;

analyses of the Western and fan culture in Eastern Europe.

Please send 300-word proposals along with a brief biographical note to guest editor Dr. Jonathan Owen ( and publication coordinator Heath Iverson ( by September 30. Feature articles should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and all submissions should comply with the Frames Style Guide ( Final submissions due October 31, 2013.